MACo Staff

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director - Michael Sanderson

msanderson@mdcounties.org
Manages general day-to-day operations of the Association, Board of Directors and Executive Committee (officers), and legislative advocacy. Member of the Local Government Insurance Trust Board of Directors.

Policy

Natasha Mehu

Legislative Director - Natasha Mehu Esq.

nmehu@mdcounties.org
Leads MACo’s Policy Team in coordinating advocacy efforts in Annapolis. Covers community-based policy issues and services provided by county governments. Contributes to MACo publications, issue research, and policy advocacy. Legislative Affairs Areas: health and human services, housing and community development, public safety and corrections, governmental liability and courts, and business affairs. Liaison to affiliates including County Administrators, Attorneys, Health Officers, Human Services Directors, Public Safety and Corrections affiliates, Diversity Caucus, and County Legislative Staffers.
Kevin Kinnally

Associate Director - Kevin Kinnally

kkinnally@mdcounties.org
Works with policy staff to review legislation and advance county positions. Works with MACo affiliate organizations to develop information helpful to MACo communications and advocacy efforts. Legislative Affairs Areas: finance and procurement, state budget and fiscal issues, elections, taxes and revenues, emergency services, pensions, and intergovernmental relations. Liaison to County Budget & Finance Officers affiliate, Elections Officials, Procurement Officers, Tax Collectors Affinity Group, Emergency Managers, and Large Counties Coalition. Hosts the Conduit Street Podcast.
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Policy Associate - Drew Jabin

djabin@mdcounties.org Reviews legislation and contributes to MACo policy advocacy and publications. Legislative Affairs Areas: education, school construction and capital facilities, employee benefits and relations, transportation and public works, and information technology. Liaison to affiliates including Engineers, Human Resources, and Information Technology.
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Policy Associate - Alex Butler

abutler@mdcounties.org
Reviews legislation and contributes to MACo policy advocacy and publications. Legislative Affairs Areas: environment, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, and public information and ethics. Liaison to affiliates including Environmental Health, Planners, and Recreation and Parks.

Member Services

Virginia White

Member Services Director - Virginia White

vwhite@mdcounties.org
Manages all facets of conferences and events. Manages the overall communications, marketing, outreach, and partnership plans. Assists with scheduling advocacy efforts during the legislative session of the General Assembly. Liaison to the Board of Directors and the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.

Leslie Velasco

Administration & Finance Director - Leslie Velasco

lvelasco@mdcounties.org
Manages financial reporting, personnel issues, general office administration, telecommunications administrator, and conference exhibits. Serves as the liaison to National Association of Counties’ Financial Services Center.

Allison Valliant

Administrative Coordinator - Allison Valliant

avalliant@mdcounties.org
Provides general office support. Manages office scheduling for staff and in-house meetings. Maintains membership database and serves as editor of the MACo Directory. Serves as conference registrar for attendees, speakers, and moderators.

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Communications Coordinator - Heather Legg

hlegg@mdcounties.org
Manages MACo’s communications channels, including social media, blog, and e-newsletter. Works with county communications professionals and external partners to showcase county programs and MACo activities. Facilitates the event sponsorship and Corporate Partner programs. Supports communications efforts around MACo’s advocacy and grassroots campaigns.
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